The Wrongful Death Process In Indiana
Posted On behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak on Jul 19, 2011 in Indiana Law
Losing a loved one is a truly tragic experience, but it can be far worse knowing that you didn't have to lose them at all. Wrongful death in Indiana is defined as a wrongful act (including an act of omission or negligence) which resulted in death. It can be an emotionally difficult experience to pursue a wrongful death suit, especially knowing that any legal restitution can never replace your loved one, but it can often be the only feasible action for bereft family members who are left with large medical and funeral expenses, and a loss of income.
Who can sue for wrongful death?
The law in Indiana allows for legal restitution for the widow or widower of the deceased, their children, or any dependent next of kin. In the absence of these relatives, those who provided medical care, or funeral expenses can still sue for the expenses they have incurred, or can be included in the suit brought by the family members of the deceased.
What is the first step?
The most important way to begin a wrongful death case is to contact an attorney who specializes in wrongful death cases in the state of Indiana. Laws and accreditation differ from state to state, and having a local attorney is crucial. The statute of limitations for wrongful death cases in the state of Indiana is two years, which means that it's important to begin the process as soon as possible, as well.
When contacting your attorney, go over the entire case as you see it, and tell him or her specifically why you believe that your loved one died because of a wrongful act. You'll probably be asked in the process to find any medical bills, and to recall the names of possible witnesses for your case.
Have questions? Contact the personal injury lawyers at Pfeifer, Morgan & Stesiak for a free consultation, to learn more about wrongful death cases. We're dedicated to fighting for you.